I work strange hours at an office in the middle of downtown Edmonton, where the streets empty and restaurants close en masse outside of the Monday to Friday workday hustle. As a result, the closest thing to a quick supper I can find at 9:30 on Sunday night is often a Snickers bar from the cafeteria vending machine. And so I’ve learned to appreciate Snickers bars as a slapdash meal replacement. I have grown to like them.
As a fan of peanut butter, there was much happiness when I found a new Snickers Peanut Butter chocolate bar not in the office vending machine, but at a grocery store checkout. How could I not buy it?
The Look: Giant Snickers logo on a golden yellow background, with “Peanut butter” clearly spelled out in big letters — you won’t mistake it for a regular Snickers. Inside, there are two pieces of chocolate bar instead of one large bar. Each square piece is like an oversized version of something you’d find in a box of chocolates.
The Taste: Milk chocolate coating (good) with peanuts (good), caramel (good), whipped peanut butter (not that great), and nougat (OK). The peanut butter layer is waxy and strangely flavourless, especially compared to products from Reese, where the peanut butter stands out. The whole thing is more sweet than salty, and the balance isn’t quite right — it feels like it’s missing something.
RATINGS AND DETAILS
Cost: $1 (on sale) for a 50-gram bar at a grocery store.
Value for cash money: Good.
Availability: Here and there, but not necessarily everywhere.
Nutrition?: Per 50-gram pack: 250 calories, 13 grams of fat, 150 mg of sodium, 4 grams of protein. Each pack contains two squares, so divide the above numbers in half for per-square data. (But you could have figured that out, right?)
The verdict: Like a regular Snickers, but with some bland, mediocre peanut butter added. OK, but not great.